2000-09-01 Dingaan Thobela w co 12 Glenn Catley, Carnival City Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBC
2000-09-01 Dingaan Thobela w co 12 Glenn Catley, Carnival City Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBC. Referee: Eddie Cotton. With Catley (167¼) ahead on the cards coming into the eighth after what had been a tough fight, he was hurt by solid combinations and was under constant pressure from there onwards. Deducted a point for illegal use of an elbow in the tenth, Catley was still in front but Thobela (167) was coming on strong and in the final session after having the champion down from a heavy left-right combination he was only moments away from victory. Although Catley made it to his feet in time he was immediately in trouble as crashing punches to head and body took their toll and it was no surprise when another volley of blows sent him to the floor again.
Counted out with just seven seconds left on the clock, Catley complained that Thobela’s bandages had been tampered with, thus giving him greater hitting power. Following an inquiry, despite no concrete evidence of wrong doing, the WBC ordered the winner of Thobela’s defence against Dave Hilton to meet the winner of Eric Lucas v Catley.